Your toxic work environment is affecting you; here's how you can deal with it

Your toxic work environment is affecting you; here's how you can deal with it

People often don’t realize that they spend most of their time at their workplaces and the work environment can affect them in many ways – especially their mental health.

Most working people around the globe don’t even realize that they are working in a toxic environment. They think being stressed all the time is normal and a part of one’s daily work life. Working in a toxic environment affects us more than we realize.

Toxic workplace affects your mental health (Pexels)
Toxic workplace affects your mental health (Pexels)

People don’t realize that they spend most of their time at their workplaces and the work environment can affect them in many ways – especially their mental health. Being constantly bullied, humiliated or under pressure can lead to severe problems and dramatically affect your mental health.

Toxic work environment makes you sad (Pexels)
Toxic work environment makes you sad (Pexels)

Here's how your toxic workplace is affecting your mental health:

1. Lack of sleep

A healthy individual is advised to sleep for a good 8 hours. Most people who are employed in a toxic workplace hardly sleep for about 3-4 hours which is way less than what is required. Lack of sleep can cause diabetes, make you eat more, feel lethargic and restless all through the day.

Not getting enough sleep makes you restless (Pexels)
Not getting enough sleep makes you restless (Pexels)

Stress from work can hinder one's ability to sleep. People who are under stress find it hard to sleep and tend to overthink a lot. Anxiety and overthinking can make a person restless and result in reduced sleep or worse, a sleeping disorder called Insomnia.

People who suffer from insomnia don't sleep for days (Pexels)
People who suffer from insomnia don't sleep for days (Pexels)

2. Depression

Stress at your workplace can lead to depression. Being constantly told that you're not good enough and an utter disappointment, a failure can make a person feel very bad about himself and can even become depressed.

Stress leads to depression (Pixabay)
Stress leads to depression (Pixabay)

Stress is one of the major and most common causes of depression. People who are depressed eat less or eat a lot, have irregular sleeping patterns, speak less and start avoiding other people. They lose interest in the things they once found interesting. Depression makes a person suicidal.

Depression causes suicidal tendencies (Pexels)
Depression causes suicidal tendencies (Pexels)

3. Negativity

Being in a toxic environment and working in negativity, being around negative people all the time, affects your brain and makes you a negative person too. You start thinking negatively about everything and every little thing starts bothering you.

A negative person overthinks (Pexels)
A negative person overthinks (Pexels)

Being negative does not only affects your work performance, it also leads to problems in your relationships. Nobody wishes to be around a negative person. Thinking negatively also makes you sad and hopeless and can also lead to depression.

Negativity leads to depression (Pexels)
Negativity leads to depression (Pexels)

4. Decreases productivity

When your brain is always either confused or suffering, it starts hampering your cognitive abilities. Your performance at work starts to decline and your stress level starts to affect your overall productivity. You start zoning out because your brain is unable to focus on one thing.

Stress decreases productivity (Pexels)
Stress decreases productivity (Pexels)

Your workplace is like your second home. You spend most of the time at your workplace. Most of us don't realize our workplace is toxic because we wonder if it was toxic, why would other people continue to work? Your Coworkers may be wondering the same thing themselves or maybe they have adjusted themselves to a toxic environment.

Don't ignore the signs of depression (Pixabay)
Don't ignore the signs of depression (Pixabay)

Think about your own mental health first. Your stress from work can affect your life drastically. It can ruin all your relationships and totally change the kind of person you are. The best thing you can do is to either complain about the toxic work environment, if you can, else, quit the job. Most people refrain from quitting their current toxic job because they fear change and due to financial reasons

Stress from work can change the kind of person you are (Pixabay)
Stress from work can change the kind of person you are (Pixabay)

If for one reason or the other you are not able to quit your job, here are some techniques you can try to lessen the effects of a toxic work environment over you:

1. Indulge in physical activities

Working out and meditating releases happy hormones in our body which helps us relax our muscles and body. If you're struggling with stress, try working out or meditation. Physical activities like running, jogging, swimming etc are also very helpful and can avoid stress-related problems.

Try stretching at work (iStock)
Try stretching at work (iStock)

2. Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Excessive drinking habits clog your brain and make it confused and dizzy. Caffeine and alcohol trigger stress and maximize its impact. Contrary to popular beliefs, drinking does not help you relax, it makes you feel worse. Avoid drinking these beverages and switch to healthy alternatives like juices, shakes or good old water.

Replace alcohol with healthy drinks (Pexels)
Replace alcohol with healthy drinks (Pexels)

3. Spend more time with your loved ones

Spending more time with your loved ones will make you feel relax and calm. Go out with your family or partner and have a nice day together, it will refresh you. Pet therapy is also a very useful way to deal with mental stress. Spend more time with your furry friend.

Spend time with your family (Pexels)
Spend time with your family (Pexels)

4. Therapy

Talk to a therapist. Most big companies these days have employee counseling where you can go and talk about the issues you're facing. If your office has one, go talk to the counselors. Else, you can go talk to a professional therapist who would help you cope with the issues you're facing at work.

Talk to a professional (Pexels)
Talk to a professional (Pexels)

Disclaimer: This article should not be used as a medical diagnosis for mental health issues. If you're facing problems at work, consult a counselor.

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